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Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan - Reuters
TOKYO Thomson Reuters Foundation - As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to ageing voters and old traditions. Otsuji and two other opposition party members submitted the bill weeks after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow gay weddings. However, it also showed that those supporters are mainly young, urban and female, not the bedrock of LDP voters needed to persuade the party to change tack. The survey shows the elderly and rural, traditionally the most loyal LDP voters, are strongly against same-sex marriage. Otsuji - the gay MP - said there were people within the ruling coalition parties who would support the bill but they were unlikely to break ranks just now. Apart from a spell in the s, gay sex has never been illegal in Japan.
For the first time, same-sex couples will be recognized by a Japanese prefecture
Same-sex sexual activity was criminalised only briefly in Japan's history between and , after which a localised version of the Napoleonic Penal Code was adopted with an equal age of consent. Japan's culture and major religions do not have a history of hostility towards homosexuality. A law allowing transgender individuals to change their legal gender post- sex reassignment surgery and sterilization was passed in Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is banned in certain cities, including Tokyo.
Although the countrywide legalization of same-sex marriage remains a far-off reality in Japan, local governments are taking the lead in working toward greater equality for LGBT people, despite the lack of action at the national level. Today marked a new milestone in the progress of LGBT rights in Japan, as Ibaraki prefecture said that next month it will start issuing partnership certificates for gay and transgender couples, the first prefectural-level government in Japan to do so. It follows similar moves by 22 other municipal governments, beginning with the wards of Shibuya and Setagaya in Tokyo in So far this year, 13 local governments have adopted the policy, including most recently Kanuma city in Tochigi prefecture and Miyazaki city.